Waste Management’s request to expand its Riverbend Landfill in McMinnville, Ore., by 29 acres has received another setback thanks to a recent ruling by a state agency.
Earlier this month, the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) returned the approved landfill expansion document back to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners after it found a single assignment of error: the county didn’t sufficiently determine if the landfill expansion would have a large impact on the farms located near the landfill. The state is now requiring the county to consider the landfill expansion’s impact on the nearby farms.
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Texas-based Waste Management’s efforts to expand Riverbend Landfill, the primary repository for not only most of Yamhill County’s garbage but much of the Portland metropolitan area, took another hit recently thanks to a ruling by a state agency.
In early July the Land Use Board of Appeals returned to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners its March decision to approve a 29-acre expansion of the controversial landfill. LUBA found for the appellants – Stop the Dump Coalition, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, farmer Ramsey McPhillips and Friends of Yamhill County – on a single assignment of error: that the county didn’t sufficiently determine if expanding the landfill would have a significant impact on the farms that lie near the rural McMinnville facility.
The county and the Board of Commissioners had adequately addressed that issue in the spring, they believed, but in this second appeal of the project LUBA said the county must consider the cumulative, not individual, impact of the landfill expansion on nearby farms.